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2016 In Review -

 At our first meeting of 2016, held on April 21, we all enjoyed "Old movies of Patchogue, Part 2."  We sure are grateful the mystery photographer captured these images; they are great fun to watch and we all enjoyed the evening.  Wish there were more--



Our May 19th meeting was a presentation by Sharon Pullen, archivist with the Suffolk County Clerks Office, who instructed us on how to research our property and find out its history.  One of the most commonly asked questions of the historical society is if we can provide information on the history or former life of a community member's home.  The information Ms. Pullen provided was very helpful; please let us know when you undertake your research and what you find out!



Newsday writer John Hanc was our featured speaker at our June 16th meeting and gave a thorough history of the beloved Jones Beach.

The very next day, June 17, was the Grand Opening of the Patchogue-Medford Carnegie Library!  What a wonderful event to celebrate the preservation, restoration and return to life of this beautiful treasure.  It was good to see so many members of the community at this historic event.  The Greater Patchogue Historical Society applauds the Library Board of Trustees and Administrators on your vision, commitment and achievement.  The Carnegie building exceeds our expectations and we thank you for your contribution to our community.



Summer Open (School) Houses were held on the following Sundays, July 10 & 24, and August 14 & 28.



On August 30, Alyson brought a group of children and their parents from the Patchogue-Medford Library for a tour of the Weeks Boatyard.  From time to time the Patchogue-Medford Library offers 4-6th graders the opportunity to explore a local landmark or area with historic significance in the"Hometown Explorers" program.  Mr. Brian Weeks was very obliging and was happy to give us an informative tour of this incredibly cool, historic boatyard which has been and continues to be an important part of the Patchogue community.  



On September 15, decoy collector and expert Dick Richardson gave a presentation on "Great South Bay Duck Decoys."  The crowd loved hearing Dick's stories and seeing his amazing collection of decoys and all things decoy and GSB-related.  It was a terrific evening.



Fellow historian and Vietnam veteran Jim "Zak" Szakmary gave his presentation "The Vietnam War Seen Through the Eyes of a Combat Veteran," on October 20.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and it was the desire of the GPHS Board to recognize the service of our veterans and honor them.  It was hard to believe that Zak actually shot these photos during his tour of duty.  Those rolls of film lay in a drawer for years;  it was not until many years later that he developed the pictures which he shared with us.  It was good to have several veterans in attendance who also served in Vietnam.  To all our brave men and women who have served, we thank you and salute you.






 Once again, as they did last year, SEPTA, the Special Education PTA of Pat-Med schools held their "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" fundraiser at the Swan River School House and once again, all those in attendance loved it.  And, these folks performed it for us at our December meeting.  Though not held in the school house, it was great fun and made it a wonderful holiday meeting.  Thank you to all the performers and musicians for a very entertaining experience and thank you to SEPTA for allowing so many the opportunity to enjoy the little Swan River School House.